[Haskell] Announcing Haskell 2010
marlowsd at gmail.com
Tue Nov 24 05:50:49 EST 2009
I'm very proud to announce a new revision of the Haskell language,
Haskell 2010. Over the last couple of months the committee has been
making final decisions about which extensions should be a part of this
revision. The final list is:
You can read more about each one, including rationale for and against,
on its relevant wiki page, which are linked from the tickets:
Haskell 2010 is a small but significant step on the road that was
started by the Haskell' committee 4 years ago, The process has not been
a smooth one, and there have been several changes of direction, but the
current process is actually producing concrete results that let us move
the language forward in positive steps, so I feel we're on the right track.
We all owe the current committee a big thank-you for sticking with the
process this long: most of them didn't realise the magnitude of what
they were signing up for at the beginning. The short list of changes
above tells only a small part of the story, there is a wealth of wiki
content and mailing-list discussion that future language revisions can
So what now?
* We will produce a revised version of the Haskell language report
incorporating these changes. That will happen over the next few
* Compilers can start implementing the changes, and flags to
select the Haskell 2010 revision. In GHC we expect to have
support in the next major release, i.e. 6.14.1.
* Right now, we will start forming a Haskell 2011 committee to
mange the process of deciding on changes for next year's revision.
The current committee is still discussing how to go about
finding a new committee (the plan is to at least have open
nominations) but I expect to be able to announce more details
* Everyone can participate in the Haskell 2011 process, by discussing
and refining proposals. Information about how to do that is on
the Haskell Prime wiki:
Remember: this is a community effort. The changes that get
adopted in each revision are drawn from the pool of fully-specified
proposals, and those proposals can be written by anyone.
Simon, on behalf of the Haskell 2010 committee
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